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  • Monday, August 14, 2006

     

    Orange Unified Schools Digest

    CALIFORNIA STATE TESTING DUE THIS MONTH
    Schools throughout California and in Orange Unified will be bracing themselves for the latest battery of state testing reports due out this week. With November elections for four OUSD Trustee seats, the results could also have a political implication.

    The Orange Unified School District Administration has invested heavily in the OUSD Focus on Results program spending millions on a program that OUSD Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Cohen has championed. Unable to fully explain the program, Cohen told the OUSD Trustees the OUSD Focus on Results program was akin to "marriage encounter training". After millions spent on the Focus on Results "marriage encounter training OUSD has not seen a significant increase in its student test scores over what the rest of California has experienced without the investment in what local watchdogs call OUSD's FOCUS ON CONSULTANTS. Many test experts and educators attribute most of the gain in test scores throughout California not to better teaching or learning, but gains in the learning curve of how to teach to the test. In fact despite its millions invested in Focus on Results, Orange Unified has had a steady increase in state identified Underperforming Schools (only OUSD's Orange High School has managed to come off the OUSD Underperforming Schools list)with only Santa Ana Unified having more state identified Underperforming Schools than OUSD.

    The California Department of Education releases the scores to the schools before it releases the scores to the public. The following are the public release dates.


    TESTING RESULTS RELEASE SCHEDULE


    AUGUST 17th
    STAR Test
    Tests overall and individual student school performance in several areas on a standardized test on the academic standards for the tested subject and grade level

    AUGUST 22
    California HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM (CAHSEE)
    For the first time scores will be broken down by school district

    AUGUST 31
    Academic Performance Index (API)
    State school performance measurement index that includes the STAR Testing as one of the factors

    AUGUST 31
    Academic Yearly Progress (AYP)
    The mandated federal required report under No Child Left Behind that determines if mandated goals (including "sub groups") are being met by schools and school districts

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